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Count 'Em -- 951 Grievances Filed Following Revaluation

58CraneRoadVillage Assessor Nanette Albanese has announced that the Village received 951 tax grievances following the revaluation. This is higher than the 700+ grievances the Village received before the revaluation and represents about 16% of all the properties in Scarsdale.

We asked Bob Berg who serves on the Board of Assessment Review if they would be able to review all of these by September and here is what he said:

"The number of filings is not at all surprising to me given the number of properties which were reassessed upwards, in some cases by large amounts. The BAR consists of 5 dedicated community volunteers who are experienced and knowledgeable about real estate values in Scarsdale. We are required to complete our review of the grievances in time for the filing of the final assessment roll on September 15, 2014, and we will do so. To that end, we shall be meeting at least twice weekly for the remainder of the summer, and if need be, we shall add whatever evenings are necessary to finish our task. We are an independent town board, and we take our responsibilities very seriously. Some grievances are easy to deal with -- for instance, where the property owner has just submitted a grievance petition without any supporting analysis or documentation. Others take considerably more time -- e.g., where the property owner has submitted one or more independent, timely appraisals. Regardless, we work through the file and make whatever determination we deem appropriate based on the evidence before us."

At least for this week, the revaluation does not seem to be affecting sales. Two very pricey homes were sold as well as a host of others. See below.

Sales:

58 Crane Road: (Pictured at top) Brand new, 6 bedroom, 6.2 bath, center hall Colonial with high-style interiors. 11,000 square foot home with fine craftsmanship and high quality materials. High ceilings throughout, sleek modern kitchen, radiant heat in baths and many more delights. All this on a beautifully landscaped 1 acre lot with room for pool.

Sale Price: $4,875,000
Real Estate Taxes: TBD

7 Brittany Close: New construction to be built. Cul-de-sac of English manor style 7BrittanyClosehomes, in tranquil setting. Well-respected developer will make the process of customizing your dream home a true pleasure. Craftsmanship and exquisite details throughout, each residence features views of the picturesque pond with flowering trees, plantings and quaint walking path.

Sale Price: $3,500,000
Real Estate Taxes: TBD

21TisdaleRoad21 Tisdale Road: Crane Berkeley home with views of the private pond. Large sun filled rooms off the octagonal entry beckon for family and entertaining. Every room is well proportioned and appealing. Special details make this an unusual offering: 2 fireplaces, large master bedroom and deluxe bathroom, 3 more bedrooms and 2 more updated baths (1 bedroom and bath off back stairs), sophisticated cook's kitchen, extensive landscaping.

Sale Price: $1,965,000
Real Estate Taxes: $43,743

11CornellSt11 Cornell Street: Custom center hall Colonial completely re-built in 2002-03 with high end finishes and incredible layout-very sunny and private-over 6,400 interior square feet with 6 Bedrooms/5 and a half baths, top of the line gourmet kitchen, 2 family rooms, 3 fireplaces, 9 foot ceilings first and second floor, master suite with office, gym, mudroom, 3 zone Hydro heat and air, all wires/electric underground, Pella windows and doors. On .50 acre overlooking golf course with IPEA deck and separate patio.

Sale Price: $2,450,000
Real Estate Taxes: $41,147

49CorellRoad49 Corell Road: Open layout with formal living and dining room, kitchen with center island, connecting family room and office. The generous master suite has a dressing room with two walk-in closets. The deck overlooks a tranquil and private wooded setting. Custom built ins, millwork and sound system throughout. Finished lower level has a bedroom with bath.

Sale Price: $1,890,000
Real Estate Taxes: $42,315

5PutnamRoad5 Putnam Road: Center hall Colonial on .25 acre with lovely back garden and granite patio deck. Living room with fireplace, new kitchen with center island, family room. Large master bedroom with full bath plus 2 more bedrooms and bath. Two additional bedrooms on third floor. Numerous windows replaced, all new copper gutters, new furnace(2006), 2-car garage, slate roof.

Sale Price: $1,812,500
Real Estate Taxes: $33,921

98WalworthAvenue98 Walworth Avenue: Renovated and expanded Colonial on professionally landscaped .25 acres in Greenacres. Professional chef's kitchen with custom cabinetry, breakfast area with French doors to patio Large formal dining and living rooms. Upstairs to master bedroom with renovated bath with steam shower and double sinks. Three large bedrooms with renovated bath, and open staircase to third flr with two bedrooms and bath.
Sale Price: $1,245,000
Real Estate Taxes: $23,284

Edgemont:

9Campden9 Campden Road, Edgemont: Cotswold Colonial in premier location nestled on a secluded street within close proximity to train, Scarsdale Village and Edgemont schools. This bright and sunny home has been loved and lived in by only three families. Updated kitchen and baths, plus a flat, usable, fenced in yard.

Sale Price: $1,497,500
Real Estate Taxes: $32,979

65HighridgeRoad65 High Ridge Road: Bright beauty with charm and quality in lovely condition. Each room is well proportioned, and the layout and flow functions so well. Redone bathrooms and kitchen. Almost entire slate roof was replaced about 9 years ago, new interior oil tanks. Central air. Brick paths and wonderful gardens. Beautiful curb appeal on a special street. Very private setting.

Sale Price: $890,000
Real Estate Taxes: $25,165

277OldColony277 Old Colony Road: Three bedroom, three bath split level home with new gourmet granite kitchen, deck and patio overlooking private park-like grounds. Room to spread out in office/fourth bedroom... and inviting family room.

Sale Price: $870,000
Real Estate Taxes: $23,263

Featured Listings:

HoulihanLogo20145 Gilmore Court, Scarsdale: A lush setting and perfect location5GilmoreCourt on a cul-de-sac make this Greenacres gem irresistible. Special features include a beautifully proportioned living room with built-ins and fireplace, a formal dining room with bay window, a great family room off the kitchen and sunroom. Four stories of living offering six wonderful bedrooms, as well as four full baths and two half baths. The park-like yard includes a patio, terrace and playhouse, providing outstanding outdoor living space. Near to train and shops (with sidewalks) and a short distance to the elementary school. Updated and move-in ready. Learn more here:
A current lease will remain in place through July 2015.

List Price: $1,395,000

HoulihanLogo2014566 Fort Hill Road, Scarsdale PO, Edgemont: Stunning country566FortHillRoad Tudor situated upon a private .62 acres with architectural detail throughout, including beamed ceilings in public rooms, three fireplaces, beautifully adorned entryway, stairs and landing. There is a bright kitchen and pantry, French doors that open to a forty foot patio, sunroom, library and large den/family room round out the first floor. The second floor boasts four large bedrooms with special en-suite features. Two additional bedrooms and bath are on the third floor. Other features include hardwood floors, a back staircase, and eight walk-in closets. The basement and third floor offer plenty of additional storage. Learn more here:

List Price: $1,449,000

Comments   

-13 #8 In the Know 2014-07-10 12:15
The Tyler model works quite well as Scarsdale's independent monitor has agreed and as the State's own expert, John Wohlens, has also agreed. But like any model, it is not 100% accurate. That's why Tyler met with homeowners who had gripes and adjusted over 500 properties either upwards or downwards. For those still unhappy, 951 filed grievances with the BAR. And if they're still unhappy after that, they can go to Court. That's plenty of opportunities to correct any problems with Tyler's valuations. They did a very good job.
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+12 #7 You cant handle the truth 2014-07-09 19:08
Quoting In the Know:
Mess? What mess? Just because your taxes are going up to the fair market valuation of your house doesn't mean the revaluation is a mess. The system before was the unfair mess. And anyone who doesn't like her new valuation can challenge it and present evidence to the BAR and the court if they want. The system is working like it is supposed to.


Oh good. Tyler said the system is working as it is supposed to be working. Well, then there you go -- not further questions.

Tyler also said in essence -- one good mess deserves another.

Tyler also seems to be saying that the only way to rectify the new and improved inequities put upon the property rolls by their handy work is for each property owner to bring his grievance to the town one property at a time -- but wasn't that exactly how it was before Tyler?
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-15 #6 In the Know 2014-07-09 16:17
Mess? What mess? Just because your taxes are going up to the fair market valuation of your house doesn't mean the revaluation is a mess. The system before was the unfair mess. And anyone who doesn't like her new valuation can challenge it and present evidence to the BAR and the court if they want. The system is working like it is supposed to.
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+24 #5 You cant handle the truth 2014-07-08 21:00
Interesting to see Tyler trolling Scarsdale's local news sites. Just fix the mess and stop bashing the taxpayers who paid you to do this right.
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+24 #4 We need grown-up answers. 2014-07-08 11:52
Quoting In the Know:
The grade adjustment recognizes that the grade (quality) of a property is not adequately measured by a simple A, B, C scale. So, a house may be a B+ or a B- or a B and the grade allows for those gradations to be accounted for in the valuation. The grading is done by trained appraisers and their supervisors. There's nothing dishonest or nefarious about this.


How silly, Tyler -- perhaps ORPTS should adopt your ridiculous explanation in their manual -- 'ya see, it's like a little higher or a little lower -- get it?" -- how unprofessional this sounds!

When you ask a teacher what criteria gets you a B or a B-, a quality teacher is willing and able to clearly explain it to a student or parent without vagueries. However, Tyler and Ms. Albanese cannot explain what differentiates a house with 90 from a 100 or a 110 in their Grade Adjustments with a consistent and across-the-boar d definition (as would be found in an assessors manual). And they cannot justify how these Grade Adjustments have anything to do with the value of a house in the real marketplace. This is because the Grade Adjustment valuation is arbitrary and/or subjective (guesswork by the individual from Tyler who valued your house -- maybe he flipped a coin??). It is impossible to arrive at equitable assessments with such a component in the system. The town must remove this measurement from the system, or they will forever provide cause for unequal assessments brought before them.
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+22 #3 Still Waiting for Transparency 2014-07-07 18:15
I have seen houses that are B 90 and houses that are B 110 and are almost identical in their architectural structure. And this is not a fluke but occurs throughout the entire property rolls. There is still no answer about the criteria used to determine what constitutes a 90 and what constitutes a 110, and if anyone were to really look at a list of similar properties they'd see great disparity in the grade adjustment and it leaves you scratching your head as to why the great disparity exists and how Tyler arrived at those numbers. There is still NO sufficient answer from Tyler or from Ms. Alabanese as to what specific criteria determines the grade adjustment -- just slipping and sliding and ducking around this question every time it is asked. If the grade adjustment is not as arbitrary as it appears to be, and if there is true objective criteria used to determine the grade adjustment, then put these specifics in writing so that the tax payers can all see what exactly it is. The ORPTS put it writing making all other categories very clear (including the Grade and Condition), but the Grade Adjustment is NOT clear, and Tyler has not made it clear how they determined Grade Adjustment still to this day.
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-25 #2 In the Know 2014-07-07 12:43
The grade adjustment recognizes that the grade (quality) of a property is not adequately measured by a simple A, B, C scale. So, a house may be a B+ or a B- or a B and the grade allows for those gradations to be accounted for in the valuation. The grading is done by trained appraisers and their supervisors. There's nothing dishonest or nefarious about this.
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+23 #1 What is the Grade Adjustment? 2014-07-05 14:26
This question is still not answered by Tyler or Nanette Albanese. Why is there no consistency across the board for the Grade Adjustment. This means Unequal assessment across the board by Tyler on all the properties -- you cannot use this arbitrary factor and arrive at legal and fair assessments.

Grade Adjustment is now a permanent part of the property rolls and still has NO official definition. This is wrong and dishonest. And now the town is responsible for answering the question -- what is the grade adjustment? Scarsdale board is carelessly adopting Tyler's faulty system and don't care about getting unanswered questions resolved.
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